Author: Roland Boer

ROLAND BOER, when not voyaging on freighter ships, researches and writes in the areas of Marxism and religion (based at the University of Newcastle, Australia). His most recent publications include Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels and Theology (2012) and Nick Cave: Love, Death and Apocalypse (2012).

The Dilemma of Freedom of Conscience: Lenin on Religion, the National Question and the Bund

ImageLenin’s name is not one usually associated with freedom of conscience. Was he not the doctrinaire sectarian who brooked no difference of opinion? Did he not trample over his own convictions in the callous quest for power?[1] Careful consideration of his texts reveals a very different picture, one in which he struggles to articulate a radical freedom of conscience.